Friday, April 24, 2015

World Book Week 2015 - Guy Bass

Guy Bass took San Anton School by storm as he entertained the Grade 5 students with tales of his younger years, mighty frogs and... yes, sheep.

Mr Bass, the award-winning author of the popular Mighty Frog, Dinkin Dings and Stitchhead series, did a fantastically energetic routine of epic proportions. He spoke about the times when he was a baby, the way the experienced a world of 'giants' and how all this boosted his imagination.

As far as the students are concerned, they enjoyed every second of it. They laughed all through the session without missing a single beat of Mr Bass' performance. A day later, the children were still excited about the visit, flocking the library to borrow his books.

Truly, it was a great experience.


Visit Guy Bass's site HERE.

Guy Bass' visit was made possible thanks to Audio Visual Ltd.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

World Book Week 2015 - Rita Antoinette Borġ

Children's author Rita Antoinette Borġ visited San Anton for a story-telling session with the Grade 3 students.

After a brief introduction, featuring Pepito the Parrot from the Amazon, Ms Borġ dove right into the story of Meg, the tiny chick that didn't feel like hatching at all. It turns out that little Meg's reluctance to leave her cosy egg is rather fortuitous because her decision allows her to save the day.

The Grade 3 students were rather curious about Ms Borġ and after the story-telling session they inundated her with questions. They simply loved her story and they wanted to know as much as they could about the author!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

World Book Week 2015 - Rita Saliba

Rita Saliba, whose award-winning Inżul ix-Xemx is the Grade 10 set text in Maltese, visited San Anton School to speak to the students.

She delivered a very interesting presentation about how to construct a character. It is not easy to give life to a name on a page. It involves a lot of careful observation, looking at real people, trying to figure out what makes them tick.

An interesting exercise is to try and concoct a history about a person you've never met before, someone you come across at the supermarket for instance. You try to assemble a profile by looking at the way he or she acts, by taking note of the kind of clothes that he/she is wearing, by peeping discreetly at the contents of his/her supermarket trolley!

Ms Saliba was pleased to notice that a lot of characters from Inżul ix-Xemx resonated with the students. Even minor ones, who might appear to be inconsequential, were the subject of queries from the Grade 10 pupils.

It was a very positive experience for the students, meeting the author of a book that they're enjoying so much.



Monday, April 20, 2015

World Book Week 2015 - John Bonello

Author John Bonello inaugurated this year's World Book Week at San Anton School by delivering a talk to the Grade 8s.

The students were very excited at the prospect of meeting Mr Bonello as some of them had either read his fantasy trilogy Il-Logħba tal-Allat or his latest book, Irvin Vella: Investigatur Virtwali.

Mr Bonello spoke about his love of books and how this inspired him to become an author himself. Writing a novel is a taxing job that involves a lot of planning and hard work. However the end result is worth the effort.

The students asked him many questions - about his favourite authors, his favourite films, where he gets his ideas from and, also, whether or not he believes in ghosts! They had a wonderful time.

Thank you John!